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St. James’ Church, Ansty – early spring. 

St James’ Church Notices: MARCH 2021

Due to a rapid escalation of the coronavirus pandemic, from January 4th 2021 the whole of England is under another ‘lockdown’ with the simple mantra: ‘Stay at Home , Save Lives and protect the NHS. 

However, there are now 2 stages applying to the easing of lockdown number 3 during March.  March 8th sees all pupils back at school; you can meet one other person socially; care home residents can see one visitor; and from March 29th the ‘rule of six’ gatherings out doors will apply…

St James’ Church is planning to resume Sunday services, as the national guidelines allow for more limited activity.  It will be good to welcome back the congregation again.  As before, until further notice the protocols for avoiding catching Covid remain the same.  People still cannot sing, or mix on pews (unless in a family bubble) and everyone must use hand sanitisers and wipes on entry. 

St James Church is still open on Sundays for private prayer and reflection from 11.00 am until 4.00 pm.

Lesley Simm (Church Warden)

Check out this document: The Church of England website

Churchwarden:      Lesley Simm

Secretary:              Lesley Simm

Treasurer:              Jon Gooding

Verger/sidesman:  John Oldfield  

Deanery Synod Representatives:  Morwenna Brewer and Lesley Simm

Lesley Simm (Church Warden)

Next PCC Meeting: 10th February 2021 – via Zoom.  Details to follow.  

A brief synopsis of St James’ Church, Ansty


In 1211, during the reign of King John, Walter de Turberville gave the manor of Ansty to the Knights Hospitaller of the Order of St John of Jerusalem.

The Knights settled in Ansty, formed a small Commandery and, with a group of local helpers, began to build the present church.

The church was completed in 1230 and dedicated to St James.

A booklet is available in the church for those who would like to have a more detailed history of the church and Ansty.

St James, Ansty is part of the South Area of the Nadder Valley Team Ministry.

Team Rector:      The Rev’d. Dr. Graham Southgate (01722 870312)

Churchwarden:    Mrs. Lesley Simm (01747 873068)

Verger:                 Mr. John Oldfield (01747 871119)

Church services are held regularly every Sunday at 11.15 am.  

The monthly pattern of services is as follows: 

  • 1st Sunday    Matins (Lay led said service)
  • 2nd Sunday   Parish Communion (Common Worship with Hymns)
  • 3rd Sunday  Parish Communion (Common Worship with Hymns)  
  • 4th Sunday    All-Age Communion (with hymns)
  • When there are five Sundays in the month, a service of Holy Communion is held in one of the South Area churches.

Evening Prayer is said in the church every Monday at 5.30 pm.

Dates (2021) for your calendar: MARCH

March 17th     No service at Ansty

March 14th     MOTHERING SUNDAY 11.15 am Parish Communion with the Revd. Dr. Graham Southgate

March 21st     11.15 am. Holy Communion BCP with the Revd. Dr. Graham Southgate

March 28th     Palm Sunday Family Communion with the Revd. Dr. Graham Southgate


St James’ Church and grounds are open during the day for private prayer, or to just sit to enjoy the peace and tranquillity of this ancient place: please observe social distancing.